Life Update #2

I know, I know, I just gave you a life update at the end of August. But things have been so busy, so it’s time for another one I think.

I couldn’t believe it when I checked my last post and saw that it was from almost a month ago! Like my last hiatus, I have still been reading, but my pace has definitely slowed down and I just haven’t been able to pump out the reviews. I had a great little boost at the beginning of October and I was so optimistic that I was finally going to get back in the swing of things, but then me and my husband bought our very first home! We live in Vancouver and it’s a pretty hot market up here. Home ownership has been a dream of ours for years, but it’s so expensive to buy into the market. But after 6 years of saving and some government intervention, housing finally took a drop over the last year and we grabbed the chance to buy in.

So that has been taking over my life since the beginning of October, but of course, it’s a very exciting change, so I just went with it. I’ve been momentarily re-inspired with the release of the Goodreads Choice Awards nominees, and I wrote a ton of reviews last night, so I’m planning to just post them over the next few weeks while we’re still busy with moving. I’d like to say things will probably go back to normal after that, but they won’t because less than 2 weeks after moving to our new house, we’re packing our bags and heading off on our honeymoon!

We decided to really go all out for the honeymoon, and since we’re going over Christmas, we decided to cross a big one off the bucket list and are heading to New Zealand for 5 weeks through December and January. I’m not planning to read a whole lot on the trip, but we are going to be driving over 3,500km on our road trip, so I’m hoping to knock out a few audiobooks along the way! I have a second adventure blog where I post about all my travels and outdoor trips, so if you’re interested, I will be blogging from that account. It’s called The Road Goes Ever On, inspired, obviously, by my love of Tolkien.

So you can likely expect of boost of posts over the next few weeks, and then another drought through Christmas. But that’s life for you! Fortunately it’s been all good things taking up my time and I am really looking forward to the next few months of adventures!

Much love,
Maria

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

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Author: Jessica Townsend
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pub date: Oct. 2017 (read Aug. 2018)

I’ve been seeing Nevermoor pop up on Booktube and for some reason decided I didn’t have an interest in it. But I recently heard it labelled as the “next Harry Potter” and that there were a lot of comparisons that could be made between the two, so of course I finally had to pick up a copy. Best decision ever because this book was so much fun from start to finish!

Morrigan Crow is eleven years old and has the unfortunate bad luck of being born on Eventide. As a result, she’s considered a cursed child in the Wintersea Republic and is blamed for every bad thing that happens in her village. But her real bad luck is that cursed children always die on the eve of the next Eventide, which happens to be the day after Morrigan’s eleventh birthday.

Morrigan just wants to be remembered, but when the next Eventide is announced, it’s obvious her family is already preparing to move on and forget about her. However, before death can catch her, Morrigan is whisked away to Nevermoor, the free state, by the enigmatic Jupiter North, who selects Morrigan to be his first ever candidate for the Wundrous Society. But in order to be admitted to the Society, Morrigan must complete her trials and be selected by the judges.

What made this book fantastic was that it had so many layers. It’s been a long time since I read a book like this and it made me realize how much I miss clever fantasy stories with a strong mystery element. This has obvious parallels to Harry Potter with the 11 year old being whisked away to another world, the magical elements, her wise mentor figure, the foreboding unnamed villain, and the humourous moments woven throughout the story. But it’s the larger mystery of this story and the complex world building that made this such a good book and worthy of being compared to Harry Potter.

This was a 450 page book and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of this world. It was a brilliant debut with just the right balance of world-building, character development, and whimsy. Townsend doesn’t give up all her secrets and I know there’s so many more surprises and quirks to be developed in this series. I don’t really know where the author plans to take the plot, but I get the feeling that it will have a lot more depth than what we’ve been introduced to in the first book.

I really wouldn’t change anything about this book. I have so many questions, yet I was still satisfied by the ending. I can’t wait to find out more about the Wundrous Society and what mischief Morrigan and Hawthorne will get up to in the next book. There were so many intriguing characters in this book and I can’t wait to learn more about Jupiter, Jack, Fen, Cadence, Noelle, and of course, the Wundersmith.

Book 2 can’t come soon enough! Everyone should read this!

A Life Update

Hello!

First of all, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for supporting this blog as I’ve been getting up and running over the past few months. It’s been a lot of fun for me and I’m loving sharing all my bookish thoughts. Please continue to like and comment on my posts as it helps generate more traffic on my site and I love talking all things book related!

April has been a bit of a whirlwind month for me – I’ve been doing a lot of volunteering over the past few weekends and this week I’ve been running all over town trying to get everything I need to go on vacation! Tonight I’m leaving Canada and I’m heading off to Vietnam for about 3 weeks with my boyfriend to do some exploring and sightseeing! I have a few book reviews queued up from the past week or so that I’ll try and post while I’m away, but I’ll be switching over to my other blog, The Road Goes Ever On, for the next few weeks to post about my travels (before I got into book reviews, I was a travel blogger)! If you’re interested in following along in my travels, you can do so on my other blog 🙂

So there may not be many reviews over the next few weeks, but I’ve still got a ton of books queued up on my kindle for those plane and train rides along the way.

Thanks for all the love!

Maria